Here’s George Toma’s retirement plan: You fly to Tampa, Fla., where you spend three weeks working sod and massaging countless blades of grass, just so the field at the Super Bowl looks immaculate for 100 million television viewers worldwide.


“There’s an angel that hovers over every blade of grass that whispers: ‘Grow. Grow. Grow,’” Toma says, echoing a proverb he picked during a visit to Israel.


Next, he’s off to Florida to tend to the grounds at the spring-training complex of the Minnesota Twins. This summer, he heads up to Minnesota for training camp with the Vikings. In between and afterwards, he’s liable to fly off to anywhere from South Bend to Cleveland, putting out playing-field fires where ever they may break out.


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